Research

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, isn't "Eureka!" but rather "Hmm....that's funny". - Isaac Asimov

My research interests lie in the area of intelligent machines and cross-fertilisation between research into human cognitive techniques, and research into intelligent computing. The ease with which the human brain can process information and recognise patterns is remarkable. I find it interesting to investigate whether similar techniques can be used in automatic systems. At the same time, the human brain has its limitations (for example, it can only work for about 40 hours before 8 hours of down-time is required). In this sense, machine performance can be superior. This, too, is an interesting area for study: what can we learn from human cognition, and what is better done in a (boring but efficient) computational manner?

As a Ph.D. student, I have done research in the area of automatic sign language recognition. My thesis subject was investigating the possibilities of utilising information about human sign recognition in automatic sign recognition systems. As part of the research into this matter, I have performed experiments with human signers investigating their sign recognition techniques. The results of these experiments have been published in the journal Sign Language Studies (see Publications). I have also experimented with an existing automatic sign language recognition system, investigating options for applying the knowledge gained from the human signer experiments. Results of these experiments have been published in several conference proceedings, and in the journal Transactions on Applied Perception.

Ph.D. Thesis

The title of my Ph.D. thesis is "Automatic Sign Language Recognition Inspired by Human Sign Perception". A summary and a link to the document can be found here.

Publications

The most up-to-date collection of my publications can be found through my Google Scholar profile.
I can also be found on Researchgate.
A list of my publications up to 2009 can be found at my TU Delft page
A list of my most important publications is included in my resume